Internal Wage Structures and Organizational Performance
This paper considers whether a hierarchical or compressed wage structure is positively associated with relatively high levels of organizational performance. To date, there has been little empirical research in this area (especially in the UK). Thus we present an operational measure of a compressed/hierarchical wage structure, using UK manufacturing micro-data in five industrial sectors, and examine its relationship with labour productivity. We find that the wage compression argument holds in one sector but not for the majority of sectors and that taking into account other, intra-industry characteristics, namely size and ownership differences, further weakens the relationship. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2003.
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Volume (Year): 41 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
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